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Lean Leader Virtual Workshop | Fall 2021

This virtual workshop includes six sessions spread across two weeks. see all

November 1-3 & 8-10
Each session will run from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

In our Lean Leader Virtual Workshop, we’ll cover the relationships between organizational leadership, culture, and Lean tools. By exploring these relationships, and practicing the skills shared each day, leaders and their organizations will be able improve daily work by making it easier, faster, and better.


The workshop will emphasize how to identify and prioritize gaps in performance to collectively improve. Ultimately, the sustainability of any organization’s continuous improvement effort must be more than tools in search of problems. It must be ingrained into the way we think and behave every day.

Participants will gain skills to lead continuous improvement with more confidence and understanding. Organizations who believe employees are their most precious asset know the importance of making a commitment to training and development. This combination of commitment and training leads to a true problem-solving culture.

November 1: Principles of Lean
Origin | Process | Quality | Identifying Waste | Cycle Time | Value Add
November 2: Lean Leader & MDI
Gemba | Leader Knowledge | Traditional vs. Lean Leadership Communication Flow | Visual Management | Problem-Solving Cycle
November 3: 5S & Workplace Organization
Combining 5S & Visual Management | Getting Started | Sustaining 5S
November 8: Introduction to Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
Make Value Flow | Current/Future State | Developing an Implementation & Control Plan | Facilitating a Cross-Functional VSM Workshop
November 9: Manager-Led Problem Solving
Problem Solving Initiatives | Benefit/Effort Matrix | Cause/Effect Brainstorm | Root Cause & Countermeasures | Stakeholder Buy In
November 10: Leader is Coach
CI Ownership | Mindsets & Culture | Sustainment | Change Agents Power of Habit | Mastery Through Practice | Leader Standard Work Lean Management System

Tom Groth

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in continuous improvement, project management, new product development, and training. He is leading Optima’s continuous improvement alliance in Southern Wisconsin facilitating member tours, best practice sharing, and education. Tom is a master facilitator striving to solve problems through balanced participation of cross-functional teams. He has led successful continuous improvement programs in multiple industries including life sciences, drug development, insurance, personal care research & development, and public utility.